Local manufacturing plants have manufactured or assembled 18.14 million phone handsets during the first ten months—January to October 2022—compared to 1.29 million commercially imported phone handsets, says the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The local manufacturing plants manufactured or assembled 1.44 million mobile phone handsets in October 2022.
The number of manufactured or assembled mobile phone handsets by local manufacturing plants during the calendar year 2021 stood at 24.66 million, compared to 13.05 million in 2020—a landmark increase of 88 percent.
Pakistan imported mobile phones worth $226.051 million during the first four months of the current fiscal year 2022–23, registering a negative growth rate of 64.94 percent. According to PTA data, commercial imports of mobile phone handsets stood at 10.26 million in 2021, up from 24.51 million in 2020.
The locally manufactured and assembled 18.14 million mobile phone handsets included 10.51 million 2G and 7.63 million smartphones. Besides, as per the PTA data, 55 percent of mobile devices are smartphones, and 45 percent are 2G on the Pakistan network.